Burma and Congo visa in East German passport from 1956

Burma and Congo visa in East German passport from 1956

Very happy to find this early East German (GDR) passport. Issued in Berlin 1956 and with several exciting visas and two exceptional visas. Only in early GDR passports maybe till 1960, you can find such “exotic” entries. The wall was build in Aug 1961, and traveling to non-communist/socialist countries was almost impossible. Exceptions only for such people like this passport holder who was traveling on several “service visa” so we can assume he was somehow an “official” and a party member of the SED. His travel document was once only valid till 1958 for Italy and transit countries but renewed till 1968 and valid for all countries. A twelve-year validity of a passport at this time is quite unusual and so are his visas.

  • GDR entry/exit visa 1956, 1958, service visa 1959
  • Sweden 1958
  • GDR entry/exit visa 1964 for Far East/South East Asia
  • BURMA 1964 issued in TOKYO (but no JAPAN visa!?)
  • CONGO 1965
  • Yugoslavia 1965
  • Austria 1965
  • GDR service visa 1965
  • GDR service visa to Yugoslavia via Czechoslovakia 1965
  • SWITZERLAND 1968 issued in Berlin on a separate paper and “Only valid with Olympic ID card and passport.”

I found little on the name “Wolfgang Noack” during my research, but he was a STASI spy (State security agent) with the code name “Schwarzdorn.” He signed his agreement with the STASI on 28. April 1953 (MfS AIM 1848/63). Source: German magazine DIE ZEIT, 2013. A fantastic travel document from early East Germany and one of the highlights of my GDR collection. Nowadays I do have the earliest and the last passport of the German Democratic Republic in my collection, plus some pretty unusual travel documents of a state which existed just for 40 years.

Burma and Congo visa in East German passport from 1956